Congressional Map Approved, Vetoed, and then Overridden
The General Assembly adjourned its special session last Thursday after approving the state’s Congressional districts, which will be in place for the next ten years.
Maryland’s eight Congressional districts will largely remain intact except for the state’s First Congressional District, which for the last ten years encompassed all of the Eastern Shore counties and parts of Baltimore, Harford, and Carroll counties. The new map removes Baltimore and Carroll counties and replaces them with a portion of Anne Arundel county that includes the areas of Severna Park, Arnold, and Crofton. The move makes a reliably safe Republican seat more competitive for Democrats, who will seek to control all eight seats in Maryland’s delegation come next November.
Governor Larry Hogan followed through on his threat by promptly vetoing the map, arguing it was an example of gross partisan gerrymandering. The Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission (MCRC) – created by an Executive Order earlier this year – offered its own map during the session. While presiding officers agreed to introduce the bills and allow them a hearing, the map never received a vote in committee. Republican legislators offered a floor amendment substituting the MCRC’s map for the one approved by legislative committees, but it failed to garner enough votes. General Assembly Democrats, who hold veto-proof majorities in both chambers, quickly overrode Hogan’s veto, and the map became law.
An interactive copy of the approved map can be found here.